A's Edge Tigs 5-4

The Tigers just can't catch a break. Barry Zito, who has been inconsistent all season, was solid, while the roller coaster didn't have his best stuff. The offense battled - with the help of the recently added (again) Nook Logan - but came up just short in their comeback effort to get the Tigers back into the win column.

Jason Johnson - a.k.a. the Roller Coaster - has been up and down as of late, turning in a couple good starts, mixed in with a couple bad ones.

Tuesday night wasn't really either, as he gave the Tigers some innings (5 2/3), but did allow 5 runs, putting the Tigers in a tough hole to climb out of.

And while Johnson struggled some, his counterpart, who has also been struggling with consistency in 2004, was solid. Zito went 7 innings, giving up 3 runs with 5 strikeouts. Octavio Dotel closed it out for his 10th save with the A's.

The Tigers got some offense from Nook Logan, who was recalled from AAA Toledo to replace Alex Sanchez, who was placed back on the Disabled List on Monday. Logan went 2-for-3 with a double, a stolen base and a run scored. Carlos Pena also had a solo Home Run off of Zito in the 7th, his 15th of the year.

For the A's, Eric Chavez had a 3-run Home Run off Johnson, while Erubiel Durazo went 3-for-4 as the Designated Hitter.

The Tigers are now at 10 games under .500, and will try to break their 3-game losing streak on Wednesday afternoon when Wilfredo Ledezma takes on former Tiger Mark Redman. Game time is set for 3:35pm EDT.

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